In 1979, Tom bought a pest control business and was soon invited to join the NSW State Association (UPCA). A couple of years later, he was elected President, a position which he held for four consecutive years. During this time, he formed seven sub-branches across the State. These included Sydney Northern Suburbs, Central Coast, Hunter Districts, Dubbo and Northern Rivers.
In 1997, he was made Life Member of the NSW Association (now known as PCA of NSW). At an international Convention in Honolulu, they formed what is now AEPMA. Tom served on the ‘steering committee’, which made the Association a reality. On that Committee were also Peter Meadows, Ross Blackmore, Ion Staunton, the late Allister Paech and Chris Edwards.
When Tom retired from active pest control, he was asked to be Secretary of the NSW State Branch of AEPMA, a job he held for a number of years until age and ill health caught up with him.
In 2007, at a conference at Coffs Harbour, he was honoured to receive the first ‘Meritorious Service Award’ from the Association.
Tom continues to attend the Northern Suburbs Sub-Branch Meetings and is probably the oldest active member of the Association.